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AREZZO...IN A WORD; AWFUL. lengthy review

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AREZZO...IN A WORD; AWFUL. lengthy review

MK | Mar 20, 2006 03:22 PM

Went with my gf to Arezzo Saturday night, was able to get a reservation for either 8 or 8:30 only a few hours prior to the reservation. That was my first hint that maybe things had fallen off since timeout gave it a star in its eat out review. Regardless, I shrugged it off and decided to go anyway.

I arrived a few minutes before my gf and twice was asked if I wanted to check my coat. Both times I said thank you, but I will just wait til my gf arrived. When she arrived, we were seated in a 1/3 empty dining room and were not asked if we wanted to check our coats.

As we were seated the maitre'd asked us if we preferred sparkling or flat water, I said flat b/c tap was not an option and I assumed that's what he meant. To my surprise they brought us a tall bottle of bottled water and before I could say anything it was poured. Therefore, I just assumed it was the style of the restaurant and was on the house, but later found out it was $8.00...awesome!

We were then served bread...2 pieces each. Mine was very tasty and fresh, my gf's had a long black hair in it (she's a blond). I brought it to the waiter's attention and he examined the bread, never once apologizing, and brought 2 new pieces for her. Meanwhile, we had already finished my bread and my plate was never replenished. Not to mention they only served a small amount of olive oil with the bread.

Onto wine...I thought about ordering by the glass, but the option wasn't presented on the menu so we went with a nice white wine. Needless to say, the least expensive wine on the menu was $39. Later of course I saw other tables who were drinking by the glass, but our 'attentitive' waiter never informed us.

Onto the food. They offered a $38 prix fixe menu that included app, pasta, main, and desert (which in hindsight is where we shouldv'e ordered from). It included a number of menu items and seemed like a real value. Our waiter of course made no suggestions or indication that the prix fixe was the way to go. Besides I had read about this great whole fish dish in timeout, which swayed my decision in going to Arezzo in the first place, so I felt I would be doing myself a disservice not ordering it. We placed our order of an appetizer and 2 entrees and waiter looked at us as with a blank start as if he expected us to continue ordering for some reason. Consistently strange all night.

Our appetizer of atrichoke, sundried tomato, buffalo mozzerela, over a bed of some greens was delicious and I thought maybe the food will do the talking more than the service etc. My gf order a halibut in with olives and other veggies, instead of yukon potatoes she ordered mashed potatoes. Her fish, however small, was very tasty. Although the mash potatoes were clearly store bought powdered mash. Hungry Jack perhaps? My whole fish was a bass, I think, could really understand the waiter (as it was a special). It was tastless, literally unseasoned almost. It came with a lime sauce on the side which added little to the dish. I had to add my gfs olives to make the dish work at all, It was served with escarole that was passible and yukon potatoes which again were unseasoned.

Now onto the best part. The meal was $135!!! For what? I was shocked an awed. My fish dish, which was listed at market price was $32. Remember the prix fixe was only $38 and came with an app, pasta, main, and desert. I didn't complain I mearly left an awful tip, which I am mad that I left anything.

Anyone else share a similar experience?

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